Staying organized in this hectic life of mine

booksMy life is crazy right now.  Starting this new business, these two kids that want to be fed every single night, keeping up my home, trying desperately to keep up on my workouts, and so on is sometimes more than my mind can handle.  This could explain why I woke up the other night at 2 am, evidently dreaming that my alarm went off, and got into the shower and went down stairs and made my green tea, only to turn around and see the clock on the stove that said 2:12.

It wasn’t funny, okay maybe a little, but I REALLY hate laying on wet hair, like REALLY hate it.  It feels so nasty to me and gives me the creeps. But, I did it, because I mean really it was 2 AM!

Lately I have become kind of obsessed with starting fresh.  I have purged a ton of crap from my house, like my clothes, dishes, towels, sheet sets, toys, you name it and I’ve probably stuffed it into a bag and shipped it off to Goodwill.  I have been really trying to move over to the more minimal side of living.  With all of the big changes we have gone through lately it has really opened my eyes to the most important things, and that is my family.  I want to down size all the crap we own to make our lives more easily organizable.  Make sense?  Less stuff to organized = easier organized life.

So First I started by purging.  I sold, I donated, and I trashed.  Then, I grabbed a legal pad and wrote down every single area that I wanted to organize, and I mean every single area.  Medicine cabinet, under the kitchen sink, under the bathroom sinks, desk, junk drawer etc.  I listed each space individually so the tasks were easier to cross off.  It is much more realistic for me to ‘organize junk drawer’ than to ‘organize all kitchen drawers’.  Once I got started on that, it was kind of addicting.  I wanted to cross off more than one thing a day and before you know it I was crossing off 3 or 4.

Then I decided that I wanted/ needed to get myself a little more organized.  I am a pretty organized person when it comes to lists and stuff like that but sometimes those lists weren’t efficient.  I may have 4 different lists running for one day, and that just doesn’t work anymore.

I simplified things by making a Master List usually Sunday nights. I cross off and add things throughout the week and I take it with me everywhere.  You never know when you will think of something at a red light, and then forget to add it to your list before you get home, so take it with you.

On this list I add small projects that I would like to get done, which cleaning tasks that need to be done, work tasks, and then daily things that I would do anyway like empty dishwasher, do a load of laundry, and make your bed.  These things would probably get done even without me putting them on my list, but I REALLY take pleasure in crossing things off of my to-do list.  This makes it feel like I’m making progress, because essentially I am : )

I also found some apps that I like:

AnyList: Great for grocery lists.  It has lots of stored items in already so you can start typing hamburger patties and it’ll prefill it in for you. It also breaks them down into categories that you will be shopping in the store.  SWEET

Lift:  This little gem is pretty cool if you are goal focused.  Lately this is something that I have been trying to focus on.  Small goals, big goals whatever.  I use this app to keep track of those little goals.  Drink more water, no sweets, and then other challenging things like 25 push ups a day, 10 squats, and reading for 30 minutes.  These are just a few of the goals on my Lift list.  You can join accountability groups if you want, and it even gives you ideas of goals that you may not even be aware that you would like to set for yourself.  That is where I got the squat and push idea from.

What do you do to keep yourself organized.  Have you ever tried something new and loved it or was it a total fail?

 

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